A simple glass microsphere may put the end to the metamaterial superlens story

Constantin Simovski*, Reza Heydarian

*Corresponding author for this work

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The two-decade long story of subwavelength imaging using metamaterials seems to be approaching to its logical end. First, stimulated emission depletion technique offered the magnified subwavelength imaging in the far zone of the object in those applications where the fluorescent labels are allowed. Second, the simple glass microsphere has shown since 2011 the ability to grant the similar resolution and magnification in absence of molecular labels. In this work, we explain this effect by the suppression of the Abbe diffraction for the wave beam formed by a microsphere.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th International Conference on Metamaterials and Nanophotonics, METANANO 2020
EditorsPavel Belov, Mihail Petrov
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
ISBN (Electronic)9780735440340
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Metamaterials and Nanophotonics - Virtual, Online, Tbilisi, Georgia
Duration: 14 Sep 202018 Sep 2020
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


ConferenceInternational Conference on Metamaterials and Nanophotonics
Abbreviated titleMETANANO
Internet address


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